Brazil minister backs tariff to curb US ethanol imports

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) -- Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi has asked Brazil's foreign trade council to impose tariffs on ethanol imports following a surge in shipments from the United States, an official said on Thursday, a move that could stir trade tensions with the Trump administration.

Metso to supply emergency shutdown valves at Orpic petchem complex in Oman

Metso will supply 400 Neles emergency shutdown (ESD) valves for an ethylene cracker as part of the new Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex (LPIC) Project in Sohar, Oman.

Fluor completes construction of Dow Chemical’s ethylene production facility

IRVING, Texas – Fluor Corporation announced that it has safely finished the mechanical construction of The Dow Chemical Company’s new ethylene production facility in Freeport, Texas on schedule.

AIChE ’17: Ethylene Producers Congress

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

SAN ANTONIO -- Run in parallel with the AIChE Spring Meeting, the Ethylene Producers Congress is self-contained with its own exhibition area right outside the large ballroom that hosts the four-day meeting. The event began the Sunday evening before with their own reception, but didn’t have featured lunch speakers during the week, allowing participants to network during daily two-hour lunch breaks.

Dow completes construction of ethylene production site in Texas

FREEPORT, Texas – The Dow Chemical Company announced the completion of the construction phase of its new ethylene production facility in Freeport, Texas. The Company reached this milestone within one week of the originally planned date, which was set approximately two years ago. Dow’s ethylene unit is now progressing through the commissioning phase, with start-up expected by mid-year.

US ethanol exports rise 26% in 2016 to second-highest level on record

The US exported more than 68,000 bpd of fuel ethanol in 2016, an increase of 26% from export levels in 2015. US imports of ethanol, which are relatively much smaller, decreased by 60% to 36 million gallons in 2016. The United States remained a net exporter of fuel ethanol for the seventh consecutive year, exporting ethanol to 34 different countries, with Asian and South American markets receiving the highest volumes.

Ethanol train derails in Iowa, catches fire with no injuries reported

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- More than two dozen tank cars hauling ethanol derailed Friday morning in northwestern Iowa, causing some to catch fire and sending an unknown volume of the biofuel into a nearby creek, officials said.

CERAWeek '17: Motiva CEO discusses impact of border tax, US regulations

Smith, Ashley, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Implications of a proposed border tax could create higher crude and product prices, inflated margins and increased operating costs for the US refining industry, Dan Romasko, president and CEO of Motiva Enterprises said during a panel discussion at CERAWeek Tuesday, March 7.

OxyChem, Mexichem announce startup of JV ethylene cracker in Texas

INGLESIDE, Texas — Ingleside Ethylene, LLC, the 50/50 JV between Occidental Chemical Corporation, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V., announced that its ethylene cracker at OxyChem’s Ingleside, Texas, complex began operations on schedule and on budget. The ethylene cracker is currently in a production stabilization phase.

RFA, Department of Commerce host program to match US ethanol sellers, international buyers

SAN DIEGO — For the second consecutive year, the Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration to host an International Buyer Program (IBP) at the National Ethanol Conference. The program is designed to introduce US ethanol sellers to foreign buyers in an effort to expand US exports.